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Hazard communications updates due June 1

May 02, 2016

Washington — Employers have until June 1 to update their written hazard communication programs and any alternative workplace labeling as well as provide additional employee training for newly identified physical or health hazards.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s hazard communication standard, which was revised in March 2012 to align with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, employers were required to train employees on new label elements (pictograms) and safety data sheets (formerly Materials Safety Data Sheets) by Dec. 1, 2013. The revised standard will be fully implemented June 1.

For more information, visit osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/index.html. The ADA Practical Guide to OSHA Compliance is available at ADA.org or by calling the ADA Member Service Center at 1-800-947-4746. Use promo code 16117 by June 30 for a 15 percent discount on all ADA Catalog products.

Further information is available to ADA members at ADA.org by searching Oral Health Topics and OSHA.